Zika Virus – 2017 Update

Posted by GPWHC on 21 June 2017
Tags: Zika 2017

The Zika virus made one of the top health stories in 2016, but as the mosquito season came to an end, so did the headlines. As we welcome the summer of 2017, and enter mosquito season again, what do pregnant women need to know? Is the Zika virus still spreading, and how can pregnant women protect themselves?

In November 2016, the World Health Organization lifted the public health emergency, but that does not mean the Zika outbreak has ended. Over 4,000 new cases were reported from November to January 2017 in the United States and its territories. For pregnant women prevention is critical because there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.

Brownsville Texas, southern Florida and Puerto Rico are still reporting cases of the Zika virus. Anyone planning on visiting these states should review exactly where the CDC has issued travel warnings. Don’t forget, even if you are not pregnant, but plan on getting pregnant soon after your trip, you could be putting yourself and unborn baby at risk.



How can you protect yourself? First and most importantly, don’t travel to an area with Zika during your pregnancy. Use mosquito repellants when outdoors, and cover up bare arms and legs if you’re planning on going outside. If you partner is travelling to an active Zika location while you are pregnant, you need to use condoms for the duration of your pregnancy. Plan on traveling? Talk to your medical provider about areas you plan on visiting, and if you could be putting yourself at risk. Stay safe at home by getting rid of any standing water in and around your yard. Mosquitoes that transmit Zika don’t need much moisture to lay eggs, so turn over kiddie pools and pet water bowls when not in use.

Talk to your healthcare provider at Great Plains Women’s Health if you are pregnant and plan on traveling to at-risk areas.  We strongly encourage anyone traveling to these areas to take the above mentioned precautions to protect all involved.






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